Donna Dodson

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MBACP, Dip. Counsellor, RGN
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Rochester, Kent, ME1
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

My name is Donna, welcome to Poppy Counselling Services.

If you are struggling with anxiety, low self esteem or depression talking to a therapist can help. There are times in our lives where we have suffered a bereavement Loss of a relationship, friendships and pets can be very painful and difficult to make sense of.

All relationships have difficult times and maybe you have been struggling with worries with family or a partner, I can help you to make sense of your feelings and what is happening.

I am here to walk along side you as you explore the difficult feelings you may be experiencing. I provide a non-judgemental & empathic listening ear. I can help you explore your feelings freely & openly to find your own way forward. I will support, encourage & guide you to find a better understanding and compassion for yourself.

I am here to support you understand self, especially if you are neurodiverse and finding it hard to navigate your emotions. 

My experience has been with many mental health problems. I am very  experienced in working with adolescent's & adults alike, many of whom are neurodiverse. 

I am experienced with helping those suffering with cancer, other life limiting illnesses & their families. This includes bereavement & loss as I have worked with a local Kent Hospice.

I am experienced working young people having worked within a pupil referral unit, this has allowed me to develop skills to help them to understand themselves & the world around them. 

I also work with couples enabling them to communicate better with one another during difficult times. 

I am a qualified, experienced counsellor & nurse which means I understand the challenges that working in the healthcare sector has been, especially over the pandemic.

I am registered with the BACP which means I work ethically & safely for both you & myself.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a registered member of the BACP and fully insured

My qualifications include:

  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling studies 
  • Online & telephone Certified Counsellor 
  • Family & Relationship counselling, Level 3 
  • Transactional Analysis TA 101
  • Registered General Nurse (current) 

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£45.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Prices from £45 individual session 

Couples and family counselling will be more, please ask for details

Concessions available subject to availability 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Check with me as I might be available at other times if phone or online sessions are an option

Further information

I offer a calm, tranquil space in which you can safely explore what is happing for you. I hold face to face sessions in my cabin where it is private & we won't be interrupted.  

I also offer telephone & online sessions to help if you need flexabilty as time can be short in busy lives.

Rochester, Kent, ME1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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